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RESP-VENT Pneumonia Study

Have you, or has someone you care for, had pneumonia and been placed on a ventilator in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU)? Physiotherapy researchers from Curtin University want to investigate the contribution that physiotherapists make to patients recovery both within ICU and after discharge.

About the project/vacancy

Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), who are critically unwell with lung conditions such as pneumonia, usually need assistance from an artificial ventilator to breathe while they recover.

There are a variety of different respiratory treatments that physiotherapists working in the ICU can provide, however it is not known which of these techniques works best or results in the best recovery for patients.

About the position

Curtin University researchers would like to invite two people who have been in an ICU with pneumonia and placed on a ventilator, or a family member or carer of someone who has gone through this, to discuss their experience.

What am I expected to do?

The researchers would like you to help them investigate:

  • Do patients and their family member or carer value the respiratory treatments provided by physiotherapists when they are breathing on an artificial ventilator in ICU?
  • What outcomes should ICU physiotherapists focus on when providing treatments to those breathing with an artificial ventilator?
  • Which symptoms are most difficult to deal with, and could be the focus of future research?

What skills or experience do I need?

You would need to have been in an ICU with pneumonia and been placed on a ventilator, or be a carer or family member of someone who has had this experience.

How long am I expected to be involved?

1 meeting will be held in late January/Early February 2021 and then if the project is successfully funded, further meetings will take place approximately every 3 months until the end of 2022. If the project is funded, it will run through until the end of 2022.

Where will meetings be held?

Meetings will be based at Curtin University’s Bentley campus but you can join remotely via telephone or the Web if that is more convenient.

What support is offered?

An honorarium payment of $35 per hour will be provided. The Consumer and Community Involvement Program also offers support and training to consumers and community members.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity please email us or call 08 6151 1071

Applications close: 29 January 2021